2016 Metal Art Intensive for Great Swan
The gardens were minimized, our diet simplified further. The plant research for sustainability was cut way back. We tried to simplify our extensive farm management.
The lights in “Valcan’s Daughter”, the open air welding shop on Dandelion Farm, ran late into the nights all year whenever the weather would permit. The relentless sound of grinding metal pouring out of the shop day and night, was softened by earplugs, always ready for use in a pocket somewhere. The plasma cutter was coaxed along with Loren’s “Wizard Fixer” talents, to shoot it’s spray of sparks cutting endless lines in steal. Likewise the mig welding machine ran uncountable hours, even with a couple young hands getting a tantalizing taste of welding along the way. It was long hard work, but hard to call “work”, for the love it expressed and brought to heart.
It was quite a push to get as far as we could on the metal art for Great Swan Peace Cathedral before the expected El Nino rains and biting winter cold, working almost until Christmas. Piles of metal art grew as we hurried toward the final cut off of production and FINALLY a trip to the galvanizer, to protect it all from rust.
Loren, with a little help, pre-installed the metal work to be sure it would all fit and to make adjustments before the galvanizing process. What you see in the pix on this page is this pre-installation of a years worth of hard labor, by mostly Candace (nearing 70yrs) with Loren (nearing 80).
The last big day of metal work in 2015, was one Candace and Chante (25yrs) shared in Valcan’s Daughter. Chante had been helping one day a week on Dandelion Farm for some time, getting foundation welding skills. An impressive artist already at her age, she had offered to help with farm maintenance needs in exchange for learning to weld and other art techniques. But that last day, that last big push to finish, Chante proved herself a fast moving, skilled help, worthy of recognition as a WELDER! It was shear joy for long hours as we “danced” together around the shop until the plasma cutter went silent, and the last cut part was welded and ground smooth. THANK YOU Chante!
2016 Welding season is about to begin. There is at least as much left to do on Great Swan as we did last year. What will we accomplish this year?
A little taste: While waiting out the cold wet months indoors, Chante helped Candace choose colors and layout style for mosaic on a welded swan, part of the front entrance approach to Great Swan Peace Cathedral….Pix coming soon!
(A Prayer To The Heart Of Reality, Proposed By The World Friend, Adi Da, For Non-Sectarian Use By All Of Mankind)
Beloved, Inmost Heart of every heart,
do not Let our human hearts be broken
by our merely mortal suffering here—
but Make our mortal human hearts break-Free
to an unconditional love of You,
that we may, Thus, love all living beings
with Love’s own True, and Truly broken, Heart.
The center of Dandelion is a very large area all fenced against deer with high plastic mesh, which has already outlived its expected age and is starting to struggle. Why not make art fencing! The fence is about 1,500 linear feet….a LOT to do in art, but that may happen some day….Meanwhile its a great place to put all kinds of scrap metal made into compositions of mostly lessor quality while improving the fence and training any new welder want-to-be.
The ART WALK alone will soon be worth a visit to Dandelion. This will be a periphery trail to enjoy all the fence panels.
Today’s work was inspired by yesterday’s reorganizing a pile of the metal junk. Its named “Take Out the Trash!”….That’s what this section of fence will be made of…the least desirable metal scrap….a fun challenge to make it artistically interesting while deer proof.
Much of our larger metal art is based on left over metal scrap from one of our neighbors very different metal work. Larry Sloan is a builder of unique qualities. He adds beautifully made metal hinges and brackets all over his building work, creating a unique strong beauty….and lots of left over negative metal cutouts.
Here is Larry’s grand goat barn, a real BEAUTY. You will thus also see the positive metal parts he made while giving Dandelion his left overs. He goes to much special effort to make his left overs well arranged and especially useful and even beautiful in themselves so that we can make something beautiful from his scrap for Dandelion.
The white lacy arch with Larry, his wife, Lonnie, and their dogs beside it, was made for the center of Dandelion almost entirely of Larry’s left over negative metal cutouts. This is quite a special way our neighbor is helping in the creation of Dandelion!
On Larry’s property there is an old orchard that the previous owners fenced with hundreds of old box springs and bed frames. There was something very cool about that junk fence. It was the inspiration for using junk as art for our fence. We even found an unwanted box spring bed frame for one of our fence panels! This junk fence inspiration was another unique gift from our wonderful neighbors, the Sloans.
We have a couple hundred feet of art fence done now and will have to post pictures soon to share the varieties of art work from scrap and junk metal that are becoming the “Art Walk” on Dandelion. Stay posted!